Beat Positive – A new exhibition exploring a decade of hip-hop culture

Getty Images Gallery announces Beat Positive, a new exhibition which will bring to life the dawn of hip-hop culture in a series of vibrant photographs available as fine art prints. The exhibition showcases iconic images from British photographers Janette Beckman and David Corio alongside never before seen material from the Michael OchsRight On! and Redferns archives.

Now one of the biggest selling musical genres globally, hip-hop began with a much simpler goal: to get people moving. On the evening of August 11, 1973, Clive Campbell, better known as DJ Kool Herc, set up two turntables in the recreation room at 1520 Sedgewick Ave in the Bronx in order to entertain the crowd gathered for his sister Cindy’s birthday party. In a completely new technique he called the Merry Go-Round, Herc extended short drum breaks, now known as breakbeats, using two copies of the same records. The crowd went wild, the party went late, and though no one at the time was aware, a new genre was born.

Londoners Janette Beckman and David Corio first discovered hip-hop in 1982 while on assignment for music magazines such as NME, Melody Maker, and The Face. Their portraits of Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Whodini, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah and the Beastie Boys, along with many others, are considered classics of the genre. Their work has been shown internationally at museums and galleries such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Museum of the City of New York and Powerhouse Gallery.

Using the four main elements of hip-hop – turntablism, MC’ing, graffiti writing, and breakdancing – as a jumping off point, Getty Images Gallery curator Shawn Waldron worked with the two photographers to create a unique offering of limited edition prints. The show also features never-before-seen historic photographs sourced from Getty Images’ extensive archive, including images of a young LL Cool J, a triptych of The Fat Boys filming their ‘Jail House Rap’ video and the 1984 Hip Hop Jam at London’s Southbank, taken from the Michael Ochs, Right On! and Redferns archives respectively.

Working closely with the Getty Images Gallery team, Metro produced both digital black & white fibre prints along with digital c-type matt prints for this new exhibition of vintage work, which is on show now until 4th August 2018.

Images from the exhibition are available for purchase as prints, starting at £75, with global delivery options. The Getty Images Gallery will also be producing a 1980s style fanzine also called Beat Positive that will be available for purchase exclusively through the Gallery.

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1- Photo of Flavor FLAV and Chuck D and PUBLIC ENEMY February 1987 Photo by David Corio/Redferns
2 – Stetsasonic – The group Stetsasonic poses on a Brooklyn, New York sidewalk, 1988 Photo by Janette Beckman/Getty Images
3 – Photo of HIP-HOP and HIP HOP STYLE and SHOES and RUN DMC at Hammersmith Odeon London 13 September 1986 Photo by David Corio/Redferns

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